Last night, another of God’s children entered into her eternal home.
Ruby is now with Jesus, seeing Him face to face.
My heart is sad, yet rejoicing.
Sad because she is no longer with us.
Rejoicing because she has reached the goal of every true believer in Christ Jesus.
“we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord”
(II Corinthians 5:8)
“If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”
(I Corinthians 15:19)
For the past 20 years, Ruby has been a more than faithful member of our Tuesday night Bible study.
I can probably count on one hand the number of classes she has missed.
In her kind, quiet, and unassuming manner, she has been a true encourager to me.
As a fellow widow, I have come to admire and respect her for the way she has lived her life.
She stayed active to the very last minute.
She was, in fact, just leaving the wellness center when the accident occurred.
This past year, Ruby championed through a tough time with breast cancer,
yet she did it with grace and a strong sense of peace.
She lived a long and productive life
and she did it well.
Tonight, we will push forward with our Bible study class,
as we know Ruby would want us to do so.
But it will be tough and emotional.
Her absence will be huge.
But we will do so with the joy that comes from knowing she is finally home.
I thank God for allowing my life to intersect with hers.
It has been my honor to call her a friend.
Ruby, we will see you soon!
Lots of love, Sharon
PS: If you don’t have the assurance of heaven when you breathe your last breath,
I would be so happy to tell you about God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
There is no other way.
Ruby’s death is proof that our lives can drastically change in but a moment.
We must be ready to face eternity.
Where will you spend that eternity?
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him might have everlasting life.”
“And there is salvation in no one else;
for there is no other name under heaven that has
been given among men, by which we must be saved.”